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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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Haley Barbour: Kemper plant will rival Grand Gulf’s performance

By JACK WEATHERLY  Former Gov. Haley Barbour predicts that Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal-powered plant will in the long run rival the performance of Entergy’s Grand Gulf nuclear plant in Port Gibson. “Grand Gulf took more than twice as long to build and cost more than twice as much [as originally planned].  And after it went online it initially caused ...

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BlueFire looks to China for financing of biofuel plant

FULTON — A California-based biofuel company says the Export Import Bank of China may loan up to $270 million to build a plant in Fulton. BlueFire Renewables Inc. of Irvine, California, says the bank has signed a letter of intent. The U.S. Department of Energy ended funding to BlueFire last year after disbursing $12 million of an $88-million award, saying ...

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MSU researchers looking at safe handling of radioactive materials

STARKVILLE — If released in significant quantities, radioactive materials pose a potential threat to people and the environment. Now, new research at Mississippi State University is helping the nuclear industry ensure that radioactive materials continue to be safely contained and that standards of safety are continuously improved. MSU’s Institute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET) is leading the nation in research ...

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Cochran, Wicker pushing for more liquefied natural gas exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., are calling on the Obama Administration to expedite approval of project applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). The senators sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz regarding the issue. The letter sent by the senators states, “LNG exports are…important to America’s national security ...

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Lab ranks TVA in top 10 in green power revenue

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is one of the top 10 utilities for green power sales. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranked TVA at number nine nationally for 2013. In addition, the city of Oak Ridge was designated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first Green Power Community in the Southeast. That’s based in part ...

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PSC passes anti-nuclear waste storage resolution

JACKSON — The Public Service Commission has become the first state agency to go on record to oppose storage of the nation’s nuclear waste in Mississippi, according to Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley. With a unanimous vote, the Commission passed a resolution calling on the federal government to cease consideration of any area in the state as a potential site ...

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Decision on nuclear waste sites stalled in Congress

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump. The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. Now they ...

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Gulf LNG begins FERC application for expansion of terminal

PASCAGOULA — Gulf LNG Liquefaction Co. is compiling data to support an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to add liquefaction and export capabilities to its $1 billion liquefied natural gas storage terminal in Pascagoula. The agency told Gulf LNG it could start the pre-application process. The project would require new or additional in-tank pumps, piping modifications, and valves ...

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Gulf LNG terminal mulling export opportunities

PASCAGOULA — A Pascagoula shipping terminal opened in 2011 to import liquefied natural gas now is working to become an export terminal. The nationwide shale boom has cut imports by three-quarters since the $1.1 billion Gulf LNG terminal opened near the Bayou Casotte Ship Channel. More than 431 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas were imported in 2010 but ...

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